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Wednesday, November 24, 2004

UK: spy who saved Jews remembered

from the BBC:

A British agent who saved thousands of Jews from the Nazis is being remembered with a plaque being placed outside the British embassy in Berlin.

Frank Foley was based in Berlin in the 1930s, working as a passport control officer, and using his position to provide papers for Jewish people.
He not only interpreted the rules on visas loosely, enabling Jews to escape to Britain and Palestine, but he also helped to forge passports.

And, despite not having diplomatic immunity, he gave shelter to some people in his own home.

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Mr Foley should indeed by honoured for what he did. But the fact that he had to subvert the system in order to help refugees flee Nazi Germany exposes the myth that Britain has ever offered a 'safe haven' for refugees.


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